Overnight Gel Cast?

Tegs99Tegs99 Posts: 8Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
I want to be able to style my hair at night and I know that many people achieve this through an overnight gel cast, bearing in mind I don't own a diffuser so I have to wait for my hair to dry naturally, how dry does my hair need to be before I go to bed? With the time I have in the evenings, I can probably only achieve half dry and even that might be ambitious. 


  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,724Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I have to have completely dry hair before I go to bed or it is a mess the next day. If I put it up in a clip or pineapple, it's very flat and the curl is pulled out. If I just leave it down it ends up flat and loses curl definition. I just can't do it. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I have gone to bed with my hair slightly wet, and sometimes it's ok the next morning, just sort of flatter than if I had washed that morning. Sometimes its a mess with weird sticking up/frizz or some other tragedy that there is no saving it. Other times it looks better than if I had washed that morning. In all cases I have gone to bed with it partially wet. (These different things also happen if I go to bed with it completely dry). I have yet to figure out what causes each.

    But the other component to washing at night is a refresh technique in the morning. Some people have a routine with multiple products for refreshing. Some people use a store-bought refresh spray, or a home made refresh spray with a drop of conditioner diluted in water in a spray bottle (if you do this be mindful of bacterial growth...replace it often.) Occasionally people report being able to refresh with water.

    Finally, have you seen the thread about home made flax seed gel? It doesn't seem to work for everyone, but it seems that for those whom it does work, they get multi-day hair as good as their first. It also seems there is some experimenting to figure out the best formula for you hair. But you can take a look at this: https://curltalk.naturallycurly.com/discussion/61208/no-fail-flax-seed-gel-i-finally-did-it-twice

    The Sciency Hair Blog also has a recipe for flax seed gel (and some other diy projects): http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/p/recipes-and-projects.html

    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

    iHerb Code KQS149 for 5% off your order

Leave a Comment

BoldItalicStrikethroughOrdered listUnordered list
Align leftAlign centerAlign rightToggle HTML viewToggle full pageToggle lights
Drop image/file